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Faro's Daughter

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  4,336 ratings  ·  354 reviews

Skilled in the art of card playing, Deborah Grantham, a gambler's daughter, uses that skill as her sole means of support as mistress of her aunt's elegant and exclusive gaming club in 18th-century London. The beautiful young must find a way to restore herself and her aunt to respectability, preferably without accepting either of two repugnant offers....more
Published (first published 1941)
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This isn't the first book with this theme I've read so far. A mistaken opinion is hardly a boring theme. It works quite well in romances.
I didn't like the characters, but while I simply didn't like Deborah Grantham and Max Ravenscar or their cousins and friends, her aunt was the most despicable person in the whole book. Her one and only interest is money and what could or should Deb do to deal with it. It was disgusting. It might be just me but I felt sick while reading the scenes when she w...more
I've given this a B+ for narration and B for content at AudioGals.

It’s been quite some time since I read Faro’s Daughter, and given my memories of it are rather hazy, listening to this was almost like listening to something completely new. It’s a little different to many of the author’s other romances in that the heroine, while certainly well-born, is not “respectable” because she runs the genteel gaming establishment that is owned by her aunt, Lady Bellingham. It also contains one of the most h...more
Aug 06, 2007 Vicki rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like to read well written romps with sparkling dialogue
This is a 4 or 5 star Georgette Heyer book, I just haven't decided which yet.

It was brought to my attention that I had only posted reviews of some of my more serious recent reads ..... so time to fess up, aside form good solid comtemp fiction, I read detective, I read popular romance, I read only a litte non fiction and I love regency romances by Georgette Heyer.

Harlequin has begun to re-issue these (with forwards by authors in their group -- most of whose writing is but a pale shadow of the o...more
The heroine needed a good smack upside the head. You are not a martyr headed to the stake, GOOD LORD. The hero, likewise, though more so in the latter part of the book. There's waaay more misogyny than is at all necessary. Heyer seems to deliberately have neither of them get it/say it for the purposes of drawing out the book another hundred pages. Could've been over in fifty, done this way. Could have been more interesting, done another. But I do like seeing a woman who works for her living, man...more
Georgette Heyer has written silly, spoilt and ridiculous heroines, she has made witty, wize and winsome heroines.

Deborah Grantham is the best minx of all. She is on/almost on the shelf and has little chance of making a match. Her aunt has a gaming house with a E.O table and faro which adds up against her. She also has an abominable temper, thankfuly not like the heroin in Bath Tangle, but one singularly her own.

Max Ravenscar, the Hero, is appalled when he learns that his young nephew plans to...more
This was so so painful to finish. I was ever so grateful it wasn't a long book because there is no way I could have finished it if it dragged on much further. I have never read this author before and can only hope that this wasn't her best work. Everyone in this book suffered from irrational thoughts and the need for irrational control. It was the same outburst over and over and over again, just with a different person in a different place. These kind of characters, if were real, would be people...more
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Amanda Grange
This is another of my favourite Heyers. Although Heyer's books are all similar in a way, being humorous and adventurous romances (with the humour, adventure and romance varying in proportions from book to book) they all have a different feel. Faro's Daughter is like a screwball comedy and would have been perfect as a film with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Deb has no intention of marrying the callow youth who keeps pestering her with his calf love. But when the callow youth's uncle, Max, thi...more
Vicki Seldon
The success of a Georgette Heyer is as much about the main characters as it is about their situation. I must confess that it took me longer than usual to warm up to heroine Deborah Grantham, spending her 20's more-or-less running the family's private gambling house, flirting with the wealthy male guests and playing them against each other while trying to stay one step ahead of the bills. Heyer introduces our hero, Max Ravenscar,who is quite possibly the flintiest of her stoic, independent-minded...more
Some Heyers, like Cotillion, I enjoy more every time I read them. Faro's Daughter is a rarity - I dislike it more every time I read it. In fact, this may be my last read.

As with Judith in Regency Buck, I want to like Deborah Grantham. She's funny, clever, and long as she isn't talking to or about Max Ravenscar. When she is, she becomes a screeching, irrational harridan. As for Ravenscar, I like him as a caring brother, but I can't like him in any other scenes. He's as irrational...more
Georgette Heyer's regency romances are my guilty pleasure. If you've read one you will know by the end of the second page exactly where this is going. The characters are always the same - the rich, handsome, older perpetual bachelor and the young, beautiful but lower class girl. She is headstrong. He is pompous. There's bound to be some sort of misunderstanding. Arguments ensue. They can't possibly be a match...or can they?

Just because it's formulaic, predictable, and a little silly doesn't make...more
HEE. The last 50 pages or so of this book had me smiling SO hard. I love Georgette Heyer. This book was a bit plottier than others I've read of hers and you get to see a different glimpse of society, but still had all the Heyer characteristics I like: Fun, romance, witty dialogue, etc! Also, one of the things I appreciate about her is she's one of those authors who often has a secondary romance in addition to the primary one. That tends to add something to the story for me.
When Max Ravenscar discovers that his young cousin Adrian intends to marry Deborah Grantham, who presides over her aunt's gaming house, Ravenscar will go to any lengths to stop the marriage -- but he gets much more than he bargained for when he tangles with Miss Grantham. I loved the intrepid, independent Deborah and the way she and Ravenscar fight it out, neither wanting to give in, until at last the inevitable happens.
Valshar ⚜ Jonathan
The Unexceptionable

The heroine was amazing. Deborah was charming, funny, and probably best of all: acerbic. Some of the set downs she gave Ravenscar were awe inspiring. Yes, I seem to like that trait. :-)

Extra romance! We get two romances in one with this story which I always enjoy. It’s a nice bonus. :-)

Fun side characters! Heyer seems to really excel at this in some of her novels. The secondary characters are nearly as interesting as the primary characters and we get to find out how things go...more
Georgette Heyer where have you been all of my life?!?!??! I can't believe I only discovered her a few short years ago. This is the kind of stuff I would have eaten up as a teenager/20 something. While I am no longer a teenager and am a little more aware of the flaws than I may have been I am still transported by these Regency novels. Do we (the readers) already know how this story is going to end? Yeah, pretty much. Have we seen variations of these characters and plots from Heyer (and others) be...more
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I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. I liked both Max and Deb, but Deb's convoluted schemes just irritated me. I skipped to the end so I wouldn't have to read through them all, which is something I only do when a book bores or irritates me.
I really enjoyed this one, although it's almost too short. A fun, lively romance with Heyer's usual sparkling dialog and memorable characters.
This is one of the most antagonistic historical romances I’ve ever read, but it is very enjoyable. The hero and heroine spend more time arguing than anything else, and this reminded me a little of Darcy and Elizabeth from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Is antagonism a sign of deep sexual attraction? Hmm…

Max Ravenscar, a powerful and intelligent man, will never allow Miss Deb Grantham to marry his green and vulnerable cousin, Adrian, a rich young gentleman, even if Adrian is completely besott...more

Narrated by Laura Paton

Laura Paton does an excellent job narrating this abridged version of the Heyer classic, Faro’s Daughter. Ms. Paton’s voice is beautifully modulated and a pleasure to listen to. Her reading is calm and steady, with no distracting habits or pauses to pull the listener out of the story. I would enjoy it even more if her male voices were a little lower, but she does distinguish well between all her characters. Her tone for men is differe...more
It's closer to a 4 star, but this heroine is luckier, and quite different than the usual Heyer protagonist. And because of that fact, her life being rather free, enjoyable and dishy BEFORE the engagement/marriage straits, it took me longer to connect with the viable choices and the relative characterizations. Solid writing and witty as ever Georgette Heyer but just not as good as most of her dynamic personality coring strong, inventive women in novels like Grand Sophy or Frederica. It would be 4...more
Deb Grantham is twenty five years old, beautiful, feisty and unmarried. She lives with her aunt who has opened a gambling establishment in their home in order to cover their living costs. Needless to say, polite society does not approve. Deb presides over some of the tables and is very popular with the clientele. Several men have less than honorable intentions but one young man, Lord Adrian Mablethorpe, is madly in love with her and has proposed marriage.

Adrian's mother is horrified. How can he...more

Faro's Daughter isn't one of Heyer's more popular books, and I picked it up half expecting it to be a disappointment. I was pleasantly surprised.
When Max Ravenscar discovers his young nephew has fallen in love with a girl from gambling house, he is quite determined to do everything in his power to stop the marriage. Surely a bribe ought to work...
What he does not expect is Deborah Grantham. Outraged and offended that he would try and bribe her off, Deborah is determined to get revenge, even i...more
Kate  K. F.
I read this book in one long gulp last night, because the two main characters pulled me in. The story is written in two voices; Max Ravenscar and Deb Grantham. At the beginning of the novel, they're both set up to not like each other as Ravenscar believes Deb is trying to marry his rich, young and foolish cousin. Actually Deb doesn't wish to marry this young man but enjoys having him around. When Ravenscar tries to buy her off, she gets angry and the book becomes about their perceptions of each...more
From skimming reviews online, I'm persuaded to believe that Faro's Daughter (with its blatant shades of Pride & Prejudice) is not among Heyer fans' most favorite novels, but for my part, I have to say that it was quite a delight to read. It's the story of feisty Deb Grantham, a young woman who presides over card and game tables in her aunt's gaming house, and finds herself squaring off against the cold and calculating Max Ravenscar, a wealthy man who endeavors to bribe her into *not* marryin...more
Faro's Daughter is a delight to read -- once you put aside the niggling nudges of common sense at the back of your head, and the desire to smack the protagonists' heads together. A healthy suspension of disbelief is a natural necessity upon venturing into the world of the Regency Romance, but especially so in a Heyer Regency Romance, where everything tangles up hilariously and resolves itself in such a ludicrously happy way reality rarely permits.

It comes to the wealthy Max Ravenscar's attention...more
Having intended to read the Quiet Gentleman next (in search of one other heroine who's not good looking and isn't attractive to the hero for a while), I ended up with this thinner looking novel instead - only to remember it has someone similarly rich but ruder than Sylvester. Considering Bath Tangle, maybe these are the most m/f focussed after all, notes to self.

It's a very tight and fast paced novel, with a hero who's saying very unfair things to the heroine but how different this is to the gen...more
Faro's Daughter was a really fun read! The hero and heroine were so unique compared to Heyer's others. I kept looking at my progress and thinking "something has to happen- and soon- because they still hate each other!" Everything came to a quick and happy conclusion in the end and was very satisfactory.
The secondary characters in this story were really fun! :D Kennet, Mablethorpe, Silas, and Arabella were great fun!
I laughed out loud at a few different parts of the book- but especially the sce...more
I hate to be the dissenting opinion, so I am glad to see I'm not the only one that found this book distasteful. Couldn't read past the 30% mark. Every character found in the story is absurdly exaggerated, and not a single one is appealing. The hero's a misogynistic dick, the heroine is utterly incompetent and rash, and the heroine's aunt would whore the heroine out to pay for drapes if given the chance.
Jade Lauron
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“Miss Grantham gave a shriek. 'You have trifled with me!' she said, into the folds of her handkerchief. 'You promised me marriage, and now you mean to cast me off for Another!” 11 likes
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